The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook four

caption: gifts and divorces by Great Angs
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
date: 25.4.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 14.8.1936-5.1937
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
note: [konyak] means text omitted
text: (171) At the time of the "Bihu" the Angs also invite their sisters who are married in other villages and give them presents.
text: When a Great Ang divorces one of his Ang wives and sends her back to her village without paying compensation, her relations consider that as a casus belli and try to kill some of the Ang's men. In war people try to kill Great Angs as it is considered as a great exploit to kill an Ang. (172) Angs don't divorce their Ben wives. Ben men pay a compensation to the families of their wives when they divorce them. They first give to the woman one dao to take away with her, then when her relatives complain, they give a big pig and even more to them, but no fields.
text: (173) A man gives at every Orhak-bu shares of pork to his sisters but he gets nothing from their husbands when they die.